17.04.2013 - 17.04.2013
I guess you guys are thinking this is an ABC tour( another bloody church ) but not really its just that these countries have so many & throughout their history have been so damned religious.
Today we started off heading to the other Sassi Barisiano guess about 1 k along a road over looking the ravine. Then down , down into the narrow winding alley ways . We came to the rupestrian church of San Giuliano . Often there are two churches in one...the modern one generally built around 16 / 17 c & below it the early church perhaps as this one daring back to 12 c . The newer church was quite stunning the old one well.... We had to go along a narrow passage in which we couldn't really stand up .The light didn't work ( Bill forgot his torch today ) & the passage was just wide enough for our shoulders . Man I was a little traumatised again . I held onto Bills backpack & well nearly prayed! . He he now that would be something for me .
When we finally got there ( no photos allowed ) well it had frescos , bones , & a bit of an altar .
Think I'm bout churched out .
We finally left the Sassi & wandered into the modern town found a Banco di Napoli & re supplied the coffers . We bought some very Italian idea of a sausage roll & a couple of other bad pastry things & sat in the sun on a fountain step. Lovely ambience .
Then came the walk back ....I am such a smart ass & always think I know best. These places are very tricky & one arch looks the same as another. I insisted we take one & so we walked all the way down perhaps 200 steps ( dangerous to say the least) I was wrong & up we went then decided to use the direction finder. It said about 200 m ( as the bloody crow flies ) my little effort took us an hour to remedy . Finally made it back to our hotel very hot sore feet. All in all a fantastico day .
Tonight we are having another bed picnic .Yummy rolls more salami another very smelly Gorgonzola & chianti of course.
Will watch a little Italian TV then early night tomorrow off to Alberobello & staying in a trulli . Ciao.